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    Why are new $20 bills so inferior?

    The twenty dollar bill has been a very common bill in the last 25 years. Since the invention of the ATM which often spews only twenties, this bill has changed hands more often than any bill besides the one. Recently, we changed over from the old bill with its classic design and limited security features to the new bill with a new look and lots more security features (my favorite is the color-changing "20" at the bottom right).

    But there is one way where the new 20 is badly inferior to the classic - durability. I remember in the last decade getting 20s from the bank that were dated from the 1960s and 1970s which were in adequate condition; today though, most of the 20s I get that are new bills from '98 on are in shabby condition and look like they won't survive 10 years of standard rotation. Has anybody else noticed this? Does anybody have a clue as to what the reason for this might be? It seems like the taxpaying public will have to spend a lot more to replace all these burnout bills.
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    So...is your new 20 a different color.....I had seen a report on CNN that said it would be the first bill not to be green...

    I found this funny, as Americans tend to think our Canadian coloured bills look like "monopoly" money....

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    Maybe the crappiness is harder to replicate, discouraging counterfeiters.
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    My only complaint with the new money is that fresh bills out the ATM are too prone to sticking together. I know that was possible with the old bills too, but these current ones seem much worse.

    The idea of "crisp" is now lost on me as these new ones feel more like actual paper.

    As for the durability issues, I've not paid any attention to that. Interesting.

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    I've noticed a few 20s,the new ones,which are pretty cruddy.Bent,creased,discolored,etc..while the older ones seem to be wrinkled and the like,its not as bad.

    Maybe because they changed the paper formula??
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    I converted to plastic. Do what you must with your paper currency.
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    I havent seen any yet or I just havent paid attention.
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    Originally posted by The Overlord Returns
    So...is your new 20 a different color.....I had seen a report on CNN that said it would be the first bill not to be green...

    I found this funny, as Americans tend to think our Canadian coloured bills look like "monopoly" money....
    I'll be honest, European money and Canadian money does look quite "monopoly-esque" with its non-green colors. The American 20 is the same color, but the number "20" in the lower right corner on the front of the bill has this iridescent material that makes it turn different colors at different angles.


    Fulit, wouldn't "crappiness" be easier to forge? I mean, look at all the lame bootleg SW figs out there.


    Caesar, that's true, these bills do stick together worse than the old ones when they're fresh, I figure it's from those crazy new security measures, but it could just be all that raised ink on both sides interlocking like 2 Lego bricks.


    InsaneJediGirl, I wouldn't think the US treasury would change the paper that much since it's a special paper stock meant to combat forgery, but I guess really thinking about it, that's the most logical explanation.


    Ok folks, for those who haven't noticed yet, compare your next new and old 20s and get back to us.
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    Oh ok, I thought you were complaining about the NexGen money the Federal Reserve announced a year ago. I thought maybe the 20's were already out there and that's what you were complaining about.

    After some quick research we won't be seeing those 20's until this fall. Sorry for being confused.

    As for our current 20's, the ones that were just released a few years ago, I have never had any problems with them, but I don't handle money a lot. Usually just small stuff like 5's and 1's.
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    Heh heh, I didn't even know they had announced yet another new 20.
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